What is Bone Broth?
Way back when, before the industrial revolution, bone broth was consumed in every household. This was a time when nothing went to waste, not even the bones of the animals that were hunted. Bone broth was called “Jewish Penicillin” because it could heal almost any ailment. It is packed with nourishing nutrients, essential minerals, proteins and fat which are pulled from the bones and joints during the simmering process. Look at any culture in history and you will see that they ALL consumed this liquid which they considered the secret to eternal health.
You may remember the chicken soup that your mother served you on a cold, winter day. It was flavorful and soothing to drink when served hot and jelled and jiggled when cooled in the fridge. That jelly like substance known as collagen is a powerhouse of nutrients.
Collagen is the building block of your muscles, joints, tendons and skin. It transports nutrients, called “glycosaminoglycans” (GAGs), from cartilage and tendons during the broth's long simmer with vegetables and healing herbs directly to the area of your body in need of repair. Ingesting bone broth rich in this nutrient will aid in joint and tendon integrity, muscle recovery and increasing skin elasticity.
Research has shown that collagen improves digestion. Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids, predominantly glutamine, glycine, proline and arginine. Glutamine, an essential amino acid regulates how gut bacteria is used and digests food. It heals and seal the gut lining and reduce overgrowth of harmful microbes that can disrupt the healthy gut balance.
Just like collagen, our digestive tracts are also made up of amino acids. Ingesting collagen can heal the digestive tract and stimulate stomach acid to improve the breakdown of food (aka less bloating). This will help assimilate more nutrients from your food. More nutrients, less digestive issues.
“Good gut bacteria is the new antibiotic.” -Martin Blaser, professor of microbiology at the New York University School of Medicine
Did you know that 70% of your immune system lives in your gut? By improving your digestive system with collagen rich broth, you are improving your immune system as well. All of the ingredients in bone broth help ward off sickness and aid in immune support.
Why should you be drinking it?
Whether you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, losing the last 10 lbs, the common cold or even mental illness, your gut, more specifically your gut microbiome, is actually the root of these issues. Your gut is responsible for a properly functioning digestive system, immune system, hormone regulation, vitamin and mineral absorption and even your brain and mental health. With all of the nutrients in bone broth, it is heals the gut microbiome.
Bone broth can serve as a supplement to your daily diet similar to taking a multi-vitamin or can be used as a 24 hour cleanse. Enjoy a mug of broth in place of your morning coffee, in between meals or as a meal itself. Many people have used broth as a way to cut caffeine and sugar out of their diets by replacing either coffee or a sugary snack with broth. The fat and high nutrient content helps curb your cravings and appetite.